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LADY EDITORS

All-woman staff produced the first Mining Journal of 1897 By Larry Chabot • Illustrations by Mike McKinney A small news item from long ago brought an intriguing report about “some Marquette ladies” who took over the Mining Journal on New Year’s Day back in 1897. That tidbit led to a trip down history lane to […]

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MRS. POWELL

The ‘old lady’ speaks By Larry Chabot • Illustration by Mike McKinney At first look, it was just a bland old story in a 1996 Mining Journal supplement celebrating the paper’s 150th anniversary. The article title – “Mrs. Powell Remembers” – was not a grabber. The original item was datelined Grand Island, February 24, 1883, […]

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YEAR 1959

Sabotage, sadness & show biz By Larry Chabot Baseball fans were upset: the World Series was starting but TV screens in the channel 6 viewing area were dark! It was early October 1959 and calls and letters were pouring in (“none of them complimentary,” said a station employee). The signal cutoff had irritated viewers and […]

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LAST RUN

Rise of automobile ended rail route Story by Larry Chabot • Illustration by Mike McKinney Herman Kallman, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, would climb aboard the Escanaba & Lake Superior (E&LS) train in the tiny hamlet of Woodlawn every Memorial Day and ride 14 miles to Escanaba with a speech tucked in his pocket. […]

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BITTER LUMPS

Wife made headlines in husband’s suspicious death Story by Larry Chabot • Illustrations by Mike McKinney This much is known: Charles Stannard was dead in his bed. As two neighbors kept watch, he passed away in the second floor bedroom of his Greenland home after suffering through 15 convulsions in the last hour of his […]

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ESCANABA

… in the limelight BACK THEN • Story by Larry Chabot • Illustrations by Mike McKinney Escanaba! A resilient Yooper city on Lake Michigan that survived the Great Depression, Prohibition, two world wars, health scares, docks on fire, and other threats. Various sources mention that Native Americans first occupied the area 5,000 years ago, the […]

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BACK THEN

When President Bush met the Mighty Mac By Larry Chabot  •  Illustration by Mike McKinney The death last November of George H.W. Bush stirred memories among those who remember one of his visits to the Upper Peninsula. His four trips here tied him for first among the presidential visitors and qualified him as an Honorary […]

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BACK THEN

The year 1958 was never safe, never boring By Larry Chabot (This is the 18th installment in a series looking back 60 years.) California fires, people fleeing Venezuela, deadly hurricanes, personal bombs. Sound familiar? Maybe so, but these events happened 60 years ago, in 1958. Hurricane Helene, with devastating winds up to 150 miles an […]

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GREAT WAR ENDS!

Story by Larry Chabot  •  Illustrations by Mike McKinney One hundred years ago this month, The Great War—the “war to end all wars”—ground to a halt on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 as Germany and the Allies signed an armistice. The headlines blared the news: “People go […]

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SISTER CITIES

  By Larry Chabot No doubt about it: Sister Cities is a living, dynamic nonprofit. Over its 40 years in Marquette, the international agency has provided Marquette residents with opportunities for exotic travel, romance and tragedy, lasting friendships, life-changing experiences and an eye-opening look into other cultures, and it’s never been boring. The seed for […]

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TOUGH TRIP

“No hill too steep, no sand too deep,” U.P. road tested Story by Bryon Ennis When automobiles reached the stage of development where they were no longer referred to as “horseless carriages,” six 1915 Jackson Automobiles made a tortuous journey from the southern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. There […]

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UNDERWEAR WAR

1927 was an eventful year By Larry Chabot We’ve survived trade wars, proxy wars and tug-of-wars, but seldom one like the Underwear War waged among Marquette-area clothiers in 1927. Stern & Field started the conflict with $19.50 men’s suits, which unleashed a rash of ads from rivals. The battle changed focus when men’s long underwear […]

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The Year 1918

A time of war, peace, sports heroes and cheesecloth window coverings Cutlines: BT_funeral. World War I, “the war to end all wars,” ended on Nov. 11, 1918. The United States lost nearly 117,000 soldiers during the war. This photo, circa 1918, shows a military funeral procession in downtown Ishpeming. (Photo courtesy of Superior View) Gipp. […]

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Highway Whodunit

The story behind the now ubiquitous center line Cutline: A hand-painted center line helps prevent head-on collisions at Dead Man’s Curve in Marquette County in the early 1900s, the first preventative measure of its kind in the country. By Larry Chabot Here’s a history question: who painted the first center line on a U.S. highway? […]

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Anybody seen my cows?

Story by Larry Chabot Somebody’s cows were missing. A Negaunee-area farmer scanning his fields no longer saw the animals, which had been mooing and munching on pasture goodies. Almost everybody in town knew where the cows were and what they were doing: ambling through neighborhoods, scarfing up shrubbery, flower beds, gardens, even the high school […]

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